Written in Calkins' graceful and passionate style, The Art of Teaching Reading serves as an eloquent and desperately needed reminder of what matters most in teaching. This long awaited text offers a compelling overview of the methods, insights and day-to-day classroom practices which have helped hundreds of teachers do more in the teaching of reading than most dreamt possible. This is the story of brilliant teachers whose children learn to read with eagerness and to talk and write in stunning ways about their reading.
Table of Contents
SECTION I. BUILDING A PLACE FOR READING. 1. Co-Authoring a Literate Community in the Classroom. 2. Words That Change the World: Developing a Classroom Library. SECTION II. ONGOING STRUCTURES IN THE READING CURRICULUM. 3. Reading Aloud. 4. The Independent Reading Workshop. 5. Minilessons. 6. Coaching and Conferring with Readers. 7. Teaching Readers Within a Leveled Classroom Library. 8. Bringing Reading Assessment into the Very Real World of Classroom Teaching. 9. Supporting Readers Who Struggle with Meaning, Print, or Fluency. 10. Guided Reading and Strategy Lessons. 11. Phonics and Word Study in the Primary Grades. 12. A Curriculum of Talk. SECTION III. UNITS OF STUDY IN A READING WORKSHOP. Introduction: Units of Study in a Reading Curriculum. 13. September in a K-1 Reading Workshop. 14. Bringing in the Print Work of Reading. 15. Talking and Thinking About Books: Comprehension for Young Readers. 16. Reading Centers in the K-1 Classroom. 17. September in a 2-8 Grade Reading Workshop: Reading with Stamina and Comprehension. 18. Talking and Writing to Develop Ideas. 19. Reading Projects. 20. Book Clubs. SECTION IV. TEACHING THE QUALITIES OF GOOD READING. 21. Nonfiction Reading: The Words of Our World. 22. The Elements of Story. 23. Giving Our Students Tools and Strategies to Interpret Texts. 24. Writing About Reading. 25. Personal Response. 26. We Are the Authors of Our Lives. Appendix A: Examples of Leveled Reading Books. Appendix B: Read-Aloud Book Recommendations. Appendix C: Magazines for Kids. Bibliography. Children's Bibliography. Credits. Index.
Lucy Calkins is a Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an acclaimed speaker, with frequent keynote addresses at conferences across the country. She is also the author (or co-author) of numerous books, including the best-selling sister volume, The Art of Teaching Writing (Heinemann), Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parents' Guide (Perseus Books), and A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests: Knowledge is Power (Heinemann).